It looks like Bruce Wayne will be getting a sidekick in Batman vs. Superman after all. Hot on the heels of this week’s report that the Man of Steel sequel might feature Dick Grayson, news has come out that Warner Bros. is already considering actors for the part.
Our friends at Latino Review were the first to break the scoop that the character of Nightwing might appear in the film, describing a “young John Hawkes” type for the role – and it turns out they were right on the money.
According to The Wrap, Girls actor Adam Driver is being eyed for the part. In addition to his recurring role on the hit HBO show, the 29-year-old Driver has appeared in several high-profile films, including Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, and the Coen brothers’ upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis.
While Driver may not exactly match the lantern-jawed Nightwing from the comics, the actor is actually a good physical fit for the role. Standing at an impressive 6’3″, Driver would more than hold his own against the 6’1″ Henry Cavill and the 6’4″ Ben Affleck. And if there’s one thing that Hollywood trainers are good at, it’s helping actors pack on muscle.
The real question is whether Driver can pull his weight dramatically in what might actually be a fairly tricky part. As we learned in the initial report, the Nightwing that will be featured in Batman vs. Superman isn’t on good terms with Batman. If the plot rumors are to be believed, the two characters haven’t spoken in years after some unknown falling out.
Whomever takes over the role will have to make the audience believe that Nightwing and Batman once had a close relationship. In a big-budget superhero movie that’s jam-packed with action (and an abundance of possible new characters), getting that kind of character development across can be a challenge. Based on his resume, however, Driver could deliver.
The Wrap also reports that there are two other actors in consideration for the part, so stay tuned for more updates. In the meantime, let us know what you think about Driver in the comments. Could the actor pull off the role, or should Warner Bros. pick somebody else for the part?
Batman vs. Superman hits theaters on July 17, 2015.
Source: The Wrap